Fleet List
Bahrain Royal Flight

Serial/Reg’n. C/No. Aircraft Type Prev. Identity Code/ Callsign Delivered Operator/Remarks
A9C-BA 21824/1595 Boeing 727-2M7 N740RW 1993
A9C-BAH(1) 1353 Gulfstream IV SP N353GA 2000 to A9C-BRF
A9C-BAH(2) 6081 Gulfstream G650
A9C-BB 393 Gulfstream III N17857 1983 to HZ-MWD
A9C-BG 202 Gulfsteam II(TT) N17586 1981
A9C-BHR 4156 Gulfstream G450 2009
A9C-BRF 1353 Gulfstream IV SP A9C-BAH
A9C-BRN 5242 Gulfstream G550 N842GA 2010
A9C-HA 49020 Bell 430 N11753 2001
A9C-HAK 23610 Boeing 747SP-25 A6-ZSN 2007
A9C-HH 046 Airbus A340-212 F-WWJC 1994 to V8-PJB
A9C-HHH 21649 Boeing 747SP-21 V8-AC1 1999 to A9C-HMH
A9C-HMH 21649 Boeing 747SP-21 A9C-HHH to VQ-BMS
A9C-HMH 34205 Boeing 767-4SFER N526BA 2009
A9C-HMK 33684 Boeing 747-4P9 2003
A9C-HRH 760794 Sikoraky S-76C N794L 2012
A9C-HWR E2306 British Aerospace RJ85 EI-CNK 2010 ex-RBAF
A9C-KOB 920079 Sikorsky S-92A N2584D 2010

 

Additional information is welcome

Tongan Royal Flight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Crown Prince George (Siaosi) Tupou was educated abroad and became very interested in modern technology. He served more than twenty years as Tonga’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence and was closely involved in the modernisation of the Tonga Defence Services.


In about 2004 a Beech 18 belonging to Aerial Surveys Inc of the USA came to be based in Tonga. The aircraft was used by the Crown Prince and the Tongan Royal Family on several occaisons, including trips to New Zealand. In September 2006 the Crown Prince became King Tupou V. The Beech continued to be used by the Royal Family until at least 2009, but appears to have been little used subsequently. Its airworthiness certificate expired in June 2011. In 2012 the King sadly died and was succeeded by his younger brother.

Key Dates

2004? Beech 18 is first made available to the Royal Family
11 September 2006 Crown Prince becomes King Tupou V
June 2011 C of A for Beech 18 expires

Current Status

The Beech 18 aircraft remains in Tonga but is not believed to be operational.

Future Plans

No plans known. The Royal Family now uses charted commercial airliners for transport.


Markings

National Insignia

None carried – the aircraft retained its former markings.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The Beech 18 retained its US civil registration.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Beech D18S 1 2004? 2009? USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Tongatapu-Fua’amoto International Airport, Tonga.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

The aircraft is still based at Tongatapu-Fua’amoto International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

Pacific Islands Report

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

Beech D18S

in Tongan Royal Flight Service

History

One Beech D18S delivered circa 2004. Owned by Aerial Surveys Inc of the USA but used by the King of Tonga for VIP Transport duties. Last seen January 2014.


Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
N500MK A-216 N500MK 2004? model D18S, noted Mar 2004, noted Aug 2009, C of A expired Jun 2011


Pictures

None at present.

More Information

References

Other Sources

To be added.

Jordanian Royal Flight

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The King of Jordan has used transport aircraft operated by the RJAF since at least 1958. By the 1970s however, the Royal Family had started using civilian aircraft.

Key Dates

19??    Jordanian Royal Flight first established.

Current Status

Jordanian Royal Flight aircraft are flown under contract to the royal family. The main operator is Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Future Plans

No information.

Markings

National Insignia

Jordanian Royal Flight aircraft fly in the colours of Royal Jordanian Airlines. The country title THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN is displayed on the fuselage in English on the starboard side and in Arabic script on the port side.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Royal Flight fixed-wing aircraft normally carry civilian registrations in the JY-Hxx series. The helicopters appear to carry two-digit serial numbers, e.g 02 for an S-70A-11.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Airbus A340-211 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Airbus A340-642 1 1 0 VIP Transport
Sikorsky S-70A-11 Black Hawk 3 3 0 VIP Transport
Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk 2 2 0 VIP Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Airbus A340-211 1 2001 current Brunei
Airbus A340-642 1 2008 current France
Boeing 727-30 1 1975 1981 USA
Boeing 727-205 1 1980 1985 USA
Dassault Falcon 20 1 1972 1981 France
Dassault Falcon 50 2 1981 1997 France
de Havilland DH.104 Dove 8 1 1952 1988 UK
Gulfstream III 2 1986 1995 USA
Lockheed L.1011 TriStar 500 1 1984 2001 ?
Sikorsky S-70A-11 Black Hawk 3 1987 current USA
Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk 2 1995 1996 USA
Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk 2 2003 current USA
Sikorsky S-76A 2 19?? 19?? USA
Sud Aviation Alouette III 2? 1965 1988 France

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Amman.

Organisational Structure

All aircraft were based at Amman-Marka International Airport.

Current Order of Battle

Not applicable.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.


Air Bases

Current Air Bases

All aircraft are now based at Amman-Marka International Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

To be added

Magazines

To be added

Websites

airliners.net

airliners.net

planepictures.net

planepictures.net

planespotters.net

Gulfstream IV

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One Gulfstream IV obtained new in 2000. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-BAH 1353 N353GA Feb 2000 noted May 2007

Pictures


Gulfstream IV A9C-BAH (photo, Timothy Feise)

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2000 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Gulfstream III

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One G.1159A Gulfstream III acquired in 1983. Used by the Government for VIP transport. Sold in 1999.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-BB 393 N17587 1983 to HZ-MWD in May 1999.

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988) p.52
  • Worldmil (1996) p.50
  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Gulfstream II(TT)

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

Key Facts

History

One G.1159TT Gulfstream II(TT) acquired in 1981. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-BG 202 N17586 1981 noted Apr 2003

More Information

References

  • Worldmil (1988) p.52
  • Worldmil (1994) p.51
  • World Air Forces Directory ’98 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Boeing 767-4SFER

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

Key Facts

History

One Boeing 767-4SFER delivered in January 2009. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-HMH 34205 N526BA Jan 2009  

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Boeing 747SP

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One Boeing 747SP-21 acquired on 24 December 1998. One Boeing 747SP-25 acquired in 2007. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-HHH 21649 V8-AC1 April 1999 747SP-21, to A9C-HMH by Oct 2002
A9C-HMH 21649 A9C-HHH April 1999 747SP-21, to VQ-BMS May 2008
A9C-HAK 23610 A6-ZSN 2007 747SP-25, noted Aug 2008

Pictures


Boeing 747SP A9C-HMH (photo, Nils Böhrnsen)

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2009/10 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.

Boeing 747-4P9

in Bahrain Royal Flight Service

History

One Boeing 747-4P9 delivered in February 2003. Used by the Government for VIP transport.

Individual Details

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
A9C-HMK 33684   Feb 2003 noted Aug 2008

More Information

References

  • World Air Forces Directory 2004/05 (Mach III)
  • World Air Forces Directory 2006/07 (Mach III)

Other Sources

To be added.